pledging to crack down on public sex and cruising in city
parks after making the first-ever Tonaquint Park lewdness
bust in St. George, Utah. A 54-year-old St. George man
and a 53-year-old Springville man were arrested
Saturday afternoon and charged with lewdness in a
Police sergeant Craig Harding said officers
patrolling the park heard noise coming from the
restroom and from outside were able to see one man
touch the other in a sexual manner. "Any kid could have been
exposed to this kind of activity, which is
outrageous," Harding said.
The park purportedly has gained a reputation as
a cruising spot for men to hook up. "We heard there
was possibly some gay stuff going on, and I have my
officers patrol that area," Lt. Dave Moss said. "If
there's people down there trying to hook up, they usually
leave and go somewhere else."
Harding said, "We're going to cruise it more.
We're going to work it undercover and try to stamp
Leland Young, a gay community activist in St.
George, said the community does not want people to
behave badly in a park, but some fear the police will
go beyond cracking down on public sex. "There's been
harassment on some levels," Young said. "They're
not going up to the heterosexual community and saying,
'What are you doing in the park?' "
Police deny targeting people for being gay. "We
can't target people," Harding said. "We can't
target groups. We can't target cultures. But we can
target criminal behavior." (AP)